I understand your point of view, and I would appreciate the signage, but
using traditional Road names along with Townlands, not Roadnames pulled from
a hat. IAt the meeting I mentioned I was on my feet and defended the
Townland and traditional road names, which had been in use for generations,
as opposed to new roadnames which would leave local residents, lost within
their own immediate area.
The chairperson did not like what I had said but the people in the body of
the meeting did.
Afterwards I was accused of puting a particular political partys point of
view forward at that meeting. My response was that I am nether sectarian or
political, but that I wished to defend the heritage and tradition of each
and every resident within our comunity.
Our traditional road names mean everything to me.
How would one find a relative who's address had been "Rectory Road" and now
is Tully Road? or an Island in the middle of the Lough, with only one
resident, but which now held a road number!
I rest my case.
So much that my rector, who had called three or four times, giving me
support in my bereavement, called next day and told me he was knocking me
off his 'delicate list' as he considered me capable of standing on my own
two feet, but if I felt in need to phone him.
I put my armour on and carried on living for THREE.
Soap Box over
As always with your postings, I learned so much from this one. Thank you.
This response is about your final point, which I have left in your extract
Here is a dissenting opinion from someone in another country, so we may very
well see the world differently through our different cultures. Nevertheless,
FWIW, here it is.
I agree that a Family History or any History Society would not be supposed
to have a political bias or affiliation or preference.
However, as I see it, by AGITATING for townland signage, regardless of who
is in power, is one of the many traditional sorts of things which such
societies in Australia have always done. For example, we SUCCESSFULLY
lobbied our federal government to quit pulping our national censuses, and to
at least give individuals the opportunity to say that they wanted their own
information retained as confidential for 100 years, but to then be released
publicly. We lobby on issues concerned with any aspect of our local
heritage, be it stopping inappropriate developments; re-routing proposed
Although this is indeed political activism; it is NOT "party" political. Our
societies are completely neutral regarding political parties, we just want
preservation of and access to our history, regardless of which political
party might be in power. And as we have 3 levels of government over here:
Local, State, and Federal or National; where the power in each might reside
in a different political party - or in the case of many local governments:
in Independents; we lobby all of them mercilessly. ha ha.
So my point is that I believe that to lobby for town signage is a VERY
appropriate thing for any society interested in heritage to be doing. If
you/they don't do it, who will? Probably no-one else.
And don't forget, if the new society should indeed start lobbying on this,
that a note to this List about it, providing e-mail contact details for
input from US, as having a vested interest in it as part of the Irish
diaspora, should result in an inundation of lobbying from each of us. Very
powerful for you.
Whilst I am in here, I will write on my only misgiving about the formation
of the new Society - and my apologies to those involved in it for this
negative viewpoint -- but my concern is this. Currently on this list we
have a lot of people who do wonderful work on transcriptions of records
etc., which are then in various ways made FREELY available to the rest of
us. (And a huge THANK YOU to those people - most especially to Vynette and
her helpers and to those who provide data for Don's web-sites). My fear is
that list members who might be thinking of continuing this tradition, might
make their transcriptions etc. for the new Society, which will then perhaps
keep them only for use of financial members there. (I find this to be the
case especially in Manchester where I'd love to be able to access the sort
of information which we already have here on our free web-sites and
Vynette's CDs etc.
But apart from that concern, I wish you all success in your endeavours.
Regards: Ray in Oz.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Viola Wiggins" <viola.wiggins(a)tesco.net>
... The Council/Local Government refused to put the names of the townlands
on the signposts so we are still at a stalemate.
A family History Society would not be supposed to have a political bias so
it would not be fitting for one to try to influence any decision in the
case of townland signing.